WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

 A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-14" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 10-14" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 6-10". Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the following counties in West Michigan, effective until 6 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ionia, Ottawa, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm  until 6 am Monday.

Stay with Newschannel 3 and wwmt.com for the latest updates.

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Court hearing gay marriage arguments from 4 states

Updated: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) - A Michigan state official says any change in the state's ban on same-sex marriage should come through the political process.

The state's solicitor general, Aaron Lindstrom, opened an afternoon of arguments Wednesday about gay marriage bans in four states before federal appeals judges in Cincinnati. The arguments on Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee cases are the biggest such court session on the issue so far.

Lindstrom says, "The most basic right we have as a people is to decide public policy questions on our own."

But attorney Carole Stanyar says fundamental constitutional rights shouldn't be decided in popular votes. She represents plaintiffs in a case that began when a lesbian couple sued over state law barring them from jointly adopting their children.

Stanyar says the amendment "gutted the democratic process."

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